a merry christmas and a happy birthday

I hope you all had wonderful holidays! We celebrated on the 24th with Sandro’s family in Meilen and on the 25th with my family. It was the first time that Sandro and I spent Christmas together. (He was ill last year). On the 24th we spent the evening with his parents, his brother and his uncle at his parents place and enjoyed the traditional swiss german christmas dinner “Fondue Chinoise”. A hot pot is placed in the middle of the table and while the hot pot is kept simmering, sliced meat (for me seafood) are placed into this pot and are cooked at the table. We eat this with a variety of dipping sauces, salades, cornichons, chips, pineapple etc. Some cookies as dessert and you’re definitely full. We had a wonderful and funny evening.

For the second christmas eve Sandro and I prepared a delicious aperitif. Smoked salmon crackers with a horseradish cream, buffalo mozzarella with a black/green olive topping and crostinis with an almond-mushrooms topping. It was the first time that we celebrated at my brothers and his fiancées instead of my parents home. They decorated their apartment so festive! As main course we had Fondue Chinoise again (tradition is tradition – and delicious is delicious 🙂 ). It was such a wonderful evening with delicious food, good drinks, my beloved family, tons of gifts (got a coupon for sushi cookings class and sooo many other things) and just soo many laughers. I’m so thankful for my family.

sister and me

But not just christmas was a reason to celebrate… my sister turend 18 three days ago! Which means that she’s of age here in Switzerland. *hooray* It’s crazy how time flies! She’s four years younger then me and the youngest of us five. But still she’s my little sister and the little girl and I can’t believe that she’s already 18!! She’s such a wonderful, beautiful gorgeous young lady and I’m soo proud to be her sister. Happy Birthday Dodo! You’re the best!!

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